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Dublin Castle

Discover medieval excavations from a Viking ruin and appreciate the majesty of the state apartments, the chapel and the landscape gardens.

The 18th-century Dublin Castle is among the city’s most iconic sites. A small park with pretty floral displays lies behind the castle, which replaced a 13th-century Viking military fortress. Learn its fascinating history as the seat of British and Irish governments over the centuries.

Arrive in the spacious Georgian courtyard and snap photos of the historic castle. Gaze up at the Bedford Tower, which dates back to 1761. The façade has a bright green dome atop a clock tower. Note the Romanesque qualities, such as the stately columns and large pediment, of the base of the structure.

Look for the Record Tower, the only preserved part from the medieval castle that predated the current structure. Take a guided tour of the castle for a better understanding of its history. See relics from Vikings and browse the stately Georgian chambers. Enter the majestic Chapel Royal for its extraordinary Gothic revival interior. Today, the castle is used for state receptions and presidential inaugurations.

Stroll through the pleasant Dubh Linn Garden and appreciate its landscape designs. Visit the charming individual gardens that have colorful flowers and plants. The central lawn is circular with patterns of brick paths weaving through it. It doubles as a helicopter landing pad. Note the Celtic symbolism in the snake paths and maze gardens.

Purchase souvenirs and items with a castle theme from the gift shop. Snacks and refreshments are available in the Silk Road Café. Hear tales about the castle’s rich past, including the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels here in 1907.

The castle is open daily year-round except for a few closures for festive holidays. Visit between morning and late afternoon. The castle opens several hours later on Sundays. Select a guided-tour ticket for access to the State Apartments. Children and students get discounts.

Dublin Castle is on the southern side of the River Liffey in the center of Dublin in one of the most historical parts of the city. Take a bus to a stop in front of the castle. Visit the nearby attractions, such as City Hall, the Olympia Theatre and Christ Church Cathedral.

Popular Activities at Dublin Castle

Ensure you have heaps of time at Dublin Castle. Here are some of the most popular things to do:

You might like to consider purchasing an Early-Access to the Book of Kells & Dublin Castle Tour or a St Patricks Cathedral & Garden Tour while you're here. These activities are some of the most popular.

If you'd like more options, peruse our Dublin things to do page.


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Ashling Hotel Dublin $149
Ashling Hotel Dublin

Ashling Hotel Dublin

Parkgate Street, Dublin, Dublin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guinness Storehouse, Christ Church Cathedral, and Dublin Castle. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College are also within 2 mi (3 km). Heuston Station and Museum Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge $116
    Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

    Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

    23-25 Bachelors Walk, Dublin, Dublin
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from The Spire, O'Connell Bridge, and Ha' Penny Bridge. Abbey Theatre and General Post Office (GPO) are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Jervis Station is 5 minutes.

      Temple Bar Hotel $184
      Temple Bar Hotel

      Temple Bar Hotel

      13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Bank of Ireland, The Book of Kells, and Trinity College. O'Connell Bridge and Ha' Penny Bridge are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

        Maldron Hotel Kevin Street $119
        Maldron Hotel Kevin Street

        Maldron Hotel Kevin Street

        Kevin Street Upper, Dublin, Dublin
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Stephen's Green. Vicar Street and Dublin Castle are also within 15 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is 10 minutes by foot and Four Courts Station is 13 minutes.

          Clayton Hotel Burlington Road $116
          Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

          Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

          Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Stephen's Green, Aviva Stadium, and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km). Charlemont Station is 10 minutes by foot and Harcourt Street Station is 13 minutes.

            The Morgan Hotel $175
            The Morgan Hotel

            The Morgan Hotel

            10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Christ Church Cathedral and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 15 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 6 minutes.

              Temple Bar Inn $134
              Temple Bar Inn

              Temple Bar Inn

              40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from Bank of Ireland, The Book of Kells, and Trinity College. O'Connell Bridge and The Spire are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

                Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin $180
                Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

                Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

                Golden Ln and Chancery Ln, Dublin, Dublin
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and Christ Church Cathedral. Gaiety Theatre and Grafton Street are also within 10 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is 7 minutes by foot and Four Courts Station is 12 minutes.